The University of Dallas held Kola Alade in check for most of the game, but the Austin College men’s basketball team’s leading scorer came up big when he needed to, scoring the game’s final seven points as the ’Roos came from behind in the final minutes to top the Crusaders 55-49 in their final home game of the season. With the win, the ’Roos are now 13-9 on the year.
A three pointer by Arron Mewbourn capped off a 7-2 run by the ’Roos to start the game and Dallas struggled to get anything going offensively, not scoring a field goal until the 11:31 mark when Travis Ekmark tipped in a missed shot to make it a 7-4 game midway through the half. The Crusaders rallied back to take an 11-9 lead on a layup by Jeff Pritchard with 8:06 left in the first half, but the ’Roos scored the next four to make it 13-11 with 6:46 on the clock.
After a Dallas bucket to tie things up Scott Straley buried a three to put Austin College ahead 16-13 with just under six minutes left before the break, and the lead extended to 20-13 on a trey from Nick Wade. A Dallas basket cut it to a five point game, but the ’Roos used an 8-3 run to end the half with Wade scoring the final four points, including getting a steal and going coast to coast to beat the buzzer and make it 28-18 at halftime.
The Crusaders came out strong in the second half, scoring the first seven points to make it a 28-25 game with 14:54 remaining. After Spencer Burke gave the ’Roos their first points of the second half to make it 30-25 with 14:36 remaining, Dallas went on a 13-4 run to jump out to a 38-34 lead with under 10 minutes to play. The ’Roos responded with a 6-0 run with Burke scoring twice to make it 40-38 with eight minutes on the clock.
Dallas got back to back threes from Noah Pettit and Ekmark to go ahead 44-40 and extended to a 47-42 lead when Pritchard knocked down a three of his own with 5:51 remaining. Mark Foster buried a trey from the corner to cut it to a 47-45 game, and after a jumper by Pettit gave Dallas a 49-45 lead with 4:25 remaining Straley converted a three point play to cut it to a one point game with 3:32 left to play.
With 1:40 remaining and Dallas still leading by one, Alade hit a tough shot in the post to put the ’Roos back on top and 38 seconds later got a steal and scored again to give the ’Roos a 52-49 lead. The ’Roos wouldn’t look back the rest of the way, with Alade knocking down three free throws to ice the six point victory.
Alade scored seven of his team-high 11 points in the final 100 seconds of the game and added three assists and three steals. Burke finished with a double-double, scoring 10 points to go along with 12 rebounds and five blocked shots. Straley score eight points and grabbed five boards off the bench and Chris Sturtevant added 11 rebounds in the victory.
Pettit scored all of his game-high 16 points in the second half to lead Dallas and Ekmark finished with 10 points, 15 rebounds and four blocked shots in the loss.
Austin College head to Colorado Springs this weekend to take on Colorado College in a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference match-up and then close out the regular season next weekend on the road against Southwestern and Trinity.
Austin College athletic teams participate as a member of the NCAA Division III and the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Austin College Women Hold Off Dallas
Kayla Redden hit four threes and scored a team-high 12 points and the Austin College women’s basketball team held off the University of Dallas to earn a 49-47 win in their home finale on Wednesday night. With the win, the ’Roos improve to 9-13 on the year.
The ’Roos jumped out to a quick 6-2 lead behind four points from Katy Williams in the game’s first two minutes, but an 11-3 run by the Crusaders made it 13-9 with 14:14 left in the first half. Redden knocked down her first three of the game to cut it to a one point game, and after Dallas scored inside Redden added another three moments later to knot things at 15 with 8:29 left on the clock.
Cara Sczepanski drilled a three with 5:21 left before the half to give the lead back to Dallas at 22-20, but Kersi Marusich answered with two quick baskets and Krista Gresham hit a three pointer to put Austin College back on top 27-22 with 2:11 left to go. Williams scored to push it to a seven point lead, but Sczepanski scored in the paint and Bethany Roessler scored three points to close out the first half and cut it to a 31-27 Austin College lead heading into the locker room.
After Dallas trimmed it to a two point game at 34-32 early in the second half, Allison Taylor hit a short jumper and Marusich knocked down a three to once again put the ’Roos ahead by seven with 13:52 left in the game. The lead grew to 10 when Williams scored inside and Redden hit her third triple to make it 44-34 with just under 10 minutes to play.
Dallas slowly started to chip away at the Austin College lead, getting most of their points from the free throw line during a 9-2 run to close the gap to 46-43 with 2:50 to play. With 2:29 left in the game Redden hit her fourth three of the game to extend it to a 49-43 lead and provide what would prove to be the game winner, as the Crusaders scored the next four but missed on two opportunities in the final four seconds of the game, allowing the ’Roos to preserve the victory.
Redden hit 4-of-6 from downtown and added six rebounds and two steals in the game, and Marusich finished with nine points off the bench. Williams scored six of her eight points in the first half and added eight rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots in the win.
Sczepanski finished with game-highs of 23 points and 12 rebounds and added four assists for Dallas, and Joirdan Cole added nine points and seven rebounds in the loss for the Crusaders.
Austin College heads out on the road this weekend when they travel to Colorado Springs to take on Colorado College in a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference tilt, and then will close out the regular season next weekend with a road trip to Southwestern and Trinity.